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Stirling MP: Ofcom Report Shows Broadband Progress

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Categories: Broadband, Constituency, Infrastructure, SNP Scottish Government

A new report from industry regulator Ofcom has highlighted where significant progress has been made in connecting Stirling homes to reliable, fast broadband, say’s local MP Alyn Smith.

The report, released this month, reveals that 51% of premises in the Stirling area now have access to ‘gigabit capable’ broadband through a full fibre network. 

The report also points out that 90% of premises in the Stirling area have broadband speeds of at least 30 megabits per second (Mbps).

However, 6% of premises in the Stirling area have broadband speeds of either less than 10Mbps download, or 1Mbps upload. That number rises to 18% for rural properties and drops to 1% for urban.

Mr Smith welcomed the report. Commenting, he said

‘There’s a lot of good news in this report from Ofcom. What stands out for me is that we now have 90% of properties in the Stirling area able to get superfast broadband. This simply wasn’t the case just a few short years ago, and it’s thanks to Scottish Government intervention in the rollout of broadband that we’ve managed to get here.

‘What is also striking is the number of people who can now access full fibre, gigabit speeds. This is largely thanks to the investment and work of CityFibre, which has been an absolute game changer in the Stirling city area.

‘However, these figures also demonstrate the work still to be done to connect properties in rural areas. Download speeds of less than 10Mbps is not enough for a modern home or business. It certainly wouldn’t properly support working from home during a pandemic. 

‘However, the Scottish Government’s rollout programme comes with the ambition of superfast broadband reaching every household in the country. Reports such as this one help identify where the work needs to be done to achieve that.’

Link to Ofcom interactive report: 

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/multi-sector-research/infrastructure-research/connected-nations-update-spring-2021/interactive-report